Poha is a popular breakfast or brunch dish from western India. It is made from flattened rice or chewda/sira/chire/aval. Flattened rice is light and flaky and is parboiled that needs minimal cooking. For some reason, call it a mind block; I could never associate having a savoury form of chewda( sira in my language). It stuck with me for so long that I never even attempted to prepare it. It is only recently that I made Poha for breakfast and it turned out well. It is scrumptious, healthy and a filling breakfast
Prep Time: 10mins
Cook time: 15 mins
3 cups chewda/flattened rice/sira/chire
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 cups mixed vegetables, diced carrots, peas, beans cut into 1/2'' pieces, sweetcorns
3/4 cup roasted peanuts
8-10 curry leaves
2 green chillies, chopped( skip if you want it mild)
1tsp mustard seeds
1tsp split gram dal
2 dry red chillies, broken into half
pinch asafoetida (optional)
Rinse the chire in a colander under hot water. Rinse well and let the water drain. Do not soak as this will make the chire very soggy and broken.
Heat oil in a pan, add asafoetida, tip in the curry leaves, mustard seeds, gram dal and dried red chillies.
Once the mustard seeds pop, add the chopped onions and green chillies, saute for a couple of minutes till they become translucent.
Add the mixed vegetables, turmeric, salt and mix well. Cover and cook till done.
Finally add the rinsed & softened chire. Mix everything really well till, chire is coated with the masala and it is heated through.
Tip in the roasted peanuts, mix well. Remove pan from heat.
We prefer having it with a fried egg!!, if you haven't tried it yet, I strongly suggest you do. :-)